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Revealed: the UK university with the happiest law students

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Exclusive: No, it’s not Oxford or Cambridge

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Legal Cheek can exclusively reveal which university has the most satisfied law students, and the answer might surprise you.

Earlier this month, we reported the University of Law (ULaw) had topped the National Student Survey (NSS) with a satisfaction rating of 97%. This means its university students are, overall, the most satisfied in the country, joint top with the University of Buckingham.

However, this didn’t answer the question we really wanted to know: which university has the happiest law students?

After searching high and low for an NSS breakdown by subject area, Legal Cheek can finally reveal that 100% of law students at (*drum roll*) the University of Abertay are satisfied with their course, putting the little known Dundee uni in first place.

Sitting just behind are Teesside University and Edge Hill University on 98%, followed by the University of Law and others scoring 97%.

Though it’s sometimes difficult to believe there’s such thing as a happy law student, the rates of satisfaction between the universities differ markedly.

Let’s take a look at some of the big players. As you might expect, according to the survey 97% of law students at the University of Cambridge, 96% at the University of Leeds and 94% at the University of York are satisfied with their course. At Oxford and Nottingham, this figure is 92%.

Top universities scoring below the 90% mark include Durham (89%), Cardiff (87%), Exeter (86%), King’s (86%), Bristol (85%), Birmingham (83%), UCL (82%), LSE (81%) and Manchester (81%). BPP University has an overall law school satisfaction figure of 78%.

Only one law school scored less than 70% in the general satisfaction category, and that’s the University of Winchester (65%).

Universities with the happiest law students 🙂

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40 Comments

Anonymous

As a law graduate from Oxford Brookes I was extremely happy with my course.

Slightly less happy about my career prospects.

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Anonymous

Ignorance IS bliss

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Anonymous

Are they happy because they don’t understand the difference between happy and disappointed?

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Ulaw....

Only reason we’re happy is because most of us have TC’s, otherwise we would have chosen BPP…

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Anonymous

Where is Edge Hill University? Sounds made-up.

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University of Flaws

I presume the NSS only relates to undergraduate courses and therefore doesn’t cover the many LPC or BPTC students who are unhappy at ULaw…

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University of Flaws

Oops, I replied to the wrong comment.

P.S. Edge Hill University is in Ormskirk, West Lancashire.

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Anonymous

population 24,000. Places like this do not need universities.

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Anonymous

On the edge of a hill, obviously.

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Scouser of Counsel

A former Further Education College in Liverpool.

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Scouser of Counsel

*near Liverpool

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Anonymous

Liverpool

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Anonymous

How’s this exclusive when they’re nationally published survey results?

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Anonymous

Well, no one said it was a top exclusive..

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Katie King

The breakdown of results by subject area is not published.

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Tory Powerhouse

Come here often?

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Poory Flourscouse

Do you cum here offen?

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Anonymous

As they say, ignorance is bliss….

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Rory O'Connell (Ulster)

Thanks for this; great to see Ulster in top 4 for both this and research (REF2014). Is there a link to the subject ranking?

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Anonymous

It’s not in the top 4 though is it, joint 10th at best.

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Anonymous

Basically the happiest universities are the ones where the students are made to do the least work.

Utterly delighted my university doesn’t appear on that list.

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Filberto

I wouldn’t say the Universitirs of Cambridge, York and Leeds are known for being ‘easy law’… They all have pretty high satisfaction ratings.

You keep being happy that your university doesn’t appear on the list though 🙂 it doesn’t make you sound bitter at all…

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Filberto

Universities*

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Ciaran Goggins

Bristol, is of course,the best.

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Anonymous

Had some good sechs in Sheffield Uni.

Didn’t learn anything about law.

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Anonymous

Me too, ended up with the herps tho.

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Anonymous

Some staff at some of the newer unis have been known to play the system essentially when it comes to these rankings. Pleading with students to rank their course highly; a “if we rank lowly, you’re not going to be able to find a job” type situation.

Of course I have no authority to back this up with, however, so…

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Anonymous

…you should apply to be a writer at LC!

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Anonymous

Good article Katie. Accessible and relevant to the majority of LC’s readership

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Katie King

Thanks mum.

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Anonymous

Good girl. When will you get a proper job? Dad and I do worry.

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Anonymous

This post has been removed because it breached Legal Cheek’s comments policy.

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Chimpknicks

What a horrible picture of a dog. Dogs are so cute. Why that pic?

Is it Irwin Mitchell’s mascot or something?

“tut”

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Yourmomma

No, it’s Charlotte Proudman’s actual dog.

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Anonymous

Wrong again… It actually is Charlotte Proudman. She had to change appearance to get instruction…

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Anonymous

Another ground breaking article from LC

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Scouser of Counsel

It’s “unsettling animal picture of the week”!

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Rob

If you chuck thousands of pounds of grants/loans at an idiot with DDD at A-Level, ask them to turn up for 5 hours a week and keep them sufficiently unaware of the bleak reality of the situation, of course they will be satisfied.

My point being, how can you compare the opinion of a law student at Oxford to that of one at Teeside Poly? What a garbage survey.

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Carl 'Bloata' Lygo

I know right, and there’s no BPP in the rankings either! Outrageous!

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Anonymous

University is a myth – we are all machines

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